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Vision, Ethos and Values

About Us

We are a high achieving selective grammar school with academy status, educating girls between the ages of 11 and 16 and girls and boys in the Sixth Form.

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we blend the best of a traditional curriculum with the principles and ethos of the IB Organisation. This offers our students opportunities to learn in breadth and depth in order to develop as well-balanced individuals. They become active learners and are encouraged to be passionate about making a difference in the world.

The School prepares students for GCSEs and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In addition to an extensive curricular timetable, our students take part in an extensive range of extracurricular activities.

Our facilities

The school opened in 1905 and is situated in 14 acres in Deakin Leas, Tonbridge. We are well resourced with modern facilities. The Hands Building was opened in 2009 and offers state-of-the-art classrooms, a drama and dance studio and a sports hall. A number of our Science laboratories were refurbished after having been awarded a grant from the Wolfson Foundation in 2012. The IBarn, a dedicated sixth form study centre, was opened in September 2015.


The School provides opportunities for students to take part in initiatives which enable intercultural understanding and respect. These include study tours abroad to locations as varied as Malawi and Iceland, as well as participating in mathematics challenges in the UK and Europe.


Our aim is to educate able students and prepare them for life in an environment where all students and staff are treated with respect, and the safety and well-being of each individual in the School’s care is important. The Governors and staff of Tonbridge Grammar School take seriously our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children and young people entrusted to our care.

Safeguarding information and contacts are available here.

Our Strategic Vision (2016-21)

Tonbridge Grammar School is a centre of excellence for learning where students and staff are encouraged to be the very best they can be in a nurturing and kind community. Our enriching, academically ambitious curriculum promotes intellectual curiosity and personal growth, preparing students to mature as responsible global citizens. Our exceptionally dedicated staff support every student to success.  

We are committed to:

  • Developing opportunities for every student to learn through real world engagement - promoting collaboration, intercultural understanding and entrepreneurial endeavour.

  • Building the resilience and confidence of every student so that they have the emotional literacy to make healthy life choices, flourish and be happy.

  • Strengthening our community - securing strong, collaborative relationships with parents, alumni and the wider community.

  • Promoting educational aspiration and supporting social mobility - making a positive difference to the life chances of students at and beyond the School.

  • Investing in world class professional development - demonstrating best practice locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Being entrepreneurial in securing resources to realise our aspirations.

Members of our community are nurtured to be:

  • Self-motivated, open minded and actively engaged in learning.

  • Self-aware, adaptable and creative - taking full advantage of all opportunities.

  • Respectful and considerate - celebrating and encouraging in equal measure.

  • Courageous and honourable – facing challenge with bravery and acting with integrity.